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Investigators searching for suspects in fatal Ardmore robbery

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

ARDMORE, AL (WAFF) - Madison County investigators are actively searching for two men responsible for an overnight home invasion that left one man dead.

The crime happened Monday night at 158 Coggins Road in Ardmore. Madison County investigators said they are two black men who are armed and dangerous, and at least one of them will face a murder charge.

A 911 call of a possible home invasion came in around 10 p.m. Monday night. Investigators said Erik Hawkins and his girlfriend had pulled into the garage when two armed men forced their way into the main part of the house, tied up the victims and held them hostage.

The suspects demanded money. Hawkins and his girlfriend cooperated. Then Hawkins broke free from his restraints and started fighting the two men.

One of the alleged attackers shot and killed Hawkins. Both suspects then fled the scene. 

Madison County Deputies quickly surrounded the house and roped off the scene. Investigators bagged evidence and took photographs inside Hawkins' garage.

They also searched a white car and Hummer that were parked there. Then they went through the house looking for any clues.

Gene Marsh is a neighbor who said he's shocked at the crime.

"I had no idea," Marsh said. "We were asleep and didn't hear anything or have anything to go on that led us to believe there was a problem. The only thing that we had that could be considered unusual was that we have heard some gunshots out back of the house and I thought somebody was practicing or something, but it was often at night and I didn't understand why that was going on."

Anyone with any information on this crime call the Madison County Sheriff's Department at (256) 722-7181.

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